Apply For An Iowa Marriage License

What is the process to get a marriage license in Iowa?

In order to get a marriage license in Iowa you must apply at a County Registrar’s office. You can file the application in any county in Iowa and the license will be valid for your wedding throughout the state. In general, you, your spouse-to-be, and a disinterested witness familiar with both parties will need to file the application in person, but some counties do allow applications to be filed by mail. If you do file by mail, all three parties will need to have their relevant portions notarized by a notary public.

What information will we need to provide on the license application?

Both you and your spouse-to-be will need to provide your legal names before marriage, what your legal names will be after marriage, your current residence, dates of birth, places of birth, social security numbers, your fathers’ full names and your mothers’ full maiden names. You will also need to present photo ID to verify your identity.

Is there a period we must wait after we get the license?

Yes, there is a three day waiting period after the license has been issued and when you can actual be wed. You and your spouse-to-be can waive the waiting period by completing a waiver application when you apply for your license and pay an additional fee.

When will we get the license and how long is it good for?

The license can be picked up three days after filing the application unless you opt to waive the waiting period, in which case it will be granted immediately. The license expires six months from the date of application. If you do not use it in that time, you will need to reapply at the County Registrar’s office for a new license.

How much does a marriage license cost in Iowa?

The fee for the license is $35, which you will need to pay when you file the license application and includes a certified copy of the final marriage certificate. If you wish to waive the waiting period, there is an additional $5 fee.  


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